HP's tailspin is good news for us: Dell

Summary:Hewlett-Packard's uncertainty and confusion is unquestionably an advantage for Dell, according to the company’s founder and CEO Michael Dell.

Hewlett-Packard's uncertainty and confusion is unquestionably an advantage for Dell, according to the company’s founder and CEO Michael Dell.

"It's a great opportunity for us to describe to our customers and our potential customers our commitment to what we do, [and] investments that we're making within inside our business," said Dell, speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit overnight. He added that Dell has approximately 100,000 partners, and that pool is growing very quickly.

"You think about the enterprise customers. These are customers that think about what's going to happen in a year or two," Dell explained. "That sort of thing erode their confidence very quickly."

Touching back on some of the points he made during his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 a few weeks ago, Dell stated that his company evolved from "a product company to a services and solutions company".

"If I look at our relationship with companies that make airlines, most of our business with them is not products anymore, but services," Dell said, adding that shift has taken approximately 15 years.

Taking healthcare as an another example, Dell said that a decade ago, salespeople likely would have gone into hospitals trying to sell "shiny new servers". But new servers are not what healthcare organisations are more concerned with, Dell posited, but rather what those servers are going to do for the business.

Dell boasted that Dell is now the number one provider of healthcare IT services in the United States.

"There's an enormous opportunity to use all this data for better outcomes," Dell explained. "Having standards and having a common way to archive is actually a very simple thing."

Dell asserted that this strategy is working and his company has positive earnings, but he acknowledged that there's still a lot more work to do.

Another key to Dell's strategy — which could be construed as how Dell is trying to one-up HP as well — is to help customers manage end-to-end solutions for its end users. That becomes especially more important as employees bring client devices, like tablets, mobile phones, laptops, to work.

However, building those consumer mobile devices is not something that Dell will be focused on as dearly as other services.

"Right now it's an iPad market," Dell argued. "The Android stuff has not done fantastically well. I think I'm being fair."

The primary challengers are Android and Microsoft, and Dell thinks that Microsoft has a pretty good chance with Windows 8. But Dell acknowledged that Android is doing very well in handsets.

Nevertheless, don't plan on seeing Dell spin out its consumer sector, the smallest area in Dell, much like HP might be this year.

"We're completely committed and we're not going to change our minds about that. I'm sure about that, by the way," Dell affirmed.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Cloud, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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